Nicky Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is best known for his time spent as a member of the hugely successful Irish boyband, Westlife. Music was a big part of Nicky’s upbringing. His father Nikki Snr, was also in a band, and this is where Nicky’s love of music originated.
However Nicky’s exceptional talents on the football field, saw him establish himself as a professional goalkeeper at a very young age. He played for the Republic of Ireland under 15/16 and at 18 was signed to Leeds United. During the 1995 Premier League Season, following a suspension to second choice goalkeeper Mark Beeney, Nicky was named in the Leeds United first team squad to face Southampton in a Premier League game at The Old Dell Stadium. On his return to Ireland in 1997, he played for Shelbourne F.C., Cobh Ramblers and St. Francis F.C.
His love of music then led him to a career in the music industry. He joined Westlife in 1998, after successfully auditioning for Louis Walsh. The band retired in 2012 after 15 hugely successful years as one of the biggest boybands in the world. Westlife have sold over 50 million records worldwide, have had 14 number ones singles, and 7 number one albums.
In the latter years of his time with Westlife, Nicky realised his passion for TV and Radio. He has an excellent array of hosting and presenting experience. He has hosted the Cheerios ChildLine Concert an impressive 8 times, in front of a packed crowd at Dublin’s O2 arena. Nicky also hosted the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics in 2003, to a crowd of 80,000 live from Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium.
He has also presented various well known TV programmes such as RTÉ’s Football’s Next Star (2012), as well as several radio programmes including the Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ’s 2fm.
Nicky also took part in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, and successfully made it to the ninth week of the show. Of his experience on the show, Nicky said, “It has been just so much fun. It is the biggest and best show in the world. To come out every Saturday night is hard but it’s playing a different character, doing a different dance – it’s just been amazing!
In March 2013, Nicky was given the honoured role of Grand Marshal in the Dublin City St. Patrick’s Festival. Nicky was chosen by Festival organisers for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. Nicky also appeared on screens in July 2013 on RTÉ’s new songwriting talent show, The Hit.
His 2015 credits include RTÉ One’s, The Million Euro Challenge and a Pilot for the same network, Four Heads. He also presented the radio show for Operation Transformation in the beginning of the year.
He’s had several appearances on Good Morning Britain, and has delivered Ireland’s Eurovision results for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015). It wasn’t until 2016 that he represented Ireland at the song contest with his first single ‘Sunlight’ and he released his debut album with the same name in May of that year.
Nicky currently has his own radio show on RTÉ 2fm, called The Nicky Byrne Show, and it airs weekdays from 10am-1pm. He is also the host of RTÉ One’s Dancing With The Stars, broadcasted every Sunday at 6:30pm.